Tuesday, March 19, 2013

solsc: little snippets 19/31


March Slice of Life Story Challenge 
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"That's so cool that you are doing that," my husband commented last night.

Last year . . . I started a new journal.  A 10 year journal!  Sounds daunting, but it possesses all the power of simplicity.  Four little lines to record the day.  Knowing I can't capture it all, I write down what I want to remember from the day:

the girls
tiny moments
strong feelings
the highs and lows
good/bad weather
places we visited
things we did
people we saw
books I read

A year later . . .  I am now understanding the benefits of this journal.  Each day that I write, I can look back to see what I wrote a year ago on that same day.  I usually end up reading a day or two ahead curiously wondering, sharing the snippets with my husband, and reminiscing about these moments in our lives.  Thinking back, trying to remember, asking questions, enlightening conversations.  A way to keep us connected.

Little snippets of a day that hold onto BIG memories in a lifetime.


16 comments:

  1. A ten year journal? Holy cow! I can see, though, that it really could preserve your family history. In ten years, your girls will be 11 or 12 (depending on when you started) and you will be deep into practices and middle school and girl drama. It will be fun to look back on these potty-training, new bed days!

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  2. A ten year journal? Holy cow! I can see, though, that it really could preserve your family history. In ten years, your girls will be 11 or 12 (depending on when you started) and you will be deep into practices and middle school and girl drama. It will be fun to look back on these potty-training, new bed days!

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  3. I have a five year one and love it. It is fun to go back and see what your life was like a year ago. It also gives me some fun writing ideas for my notebook. Often I find that I want to write more than the four lines provided.

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  4. I love this 'snippits' idea. When my great aunt passed away we treasured reading her journals. I know the girls will also enjoy hearing what happened in your lives also. xo

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  5. What a wonderful idea. And a great way to capture the life you had with your children as you grow as a family. Easy. Not too time consuming. Yet captures the essence! Your family will be grateful!

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  6. I know how much I treasure Grandma's snippets about her battle with cancer. Have them all in one place, reflecting back what you did one year, two years .... When the girls are older, they will appreciate all that you have written. Love ya M

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  7. Sounds wonderful - it will be a keepsake of moments big and small.

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  8. Agreed...a very cool idea...I think about all the memories that will be tucked into that journal memories that you will always have to share...wow!

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  9. This idea fascinates me. Even went to Amazon to check it out (http://www.amazon.com/Journal-10-2012-Ian-Matthews/dp/B005SSVKVC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326685106&sr=8-1). I cannot imagine what a gem this will be for you and your family once it's finished.

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  10. His comment was precious. This journal is not just for you, it's for the whole family. Really cool.

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  11. I love the snippets idea. Just looking back at the appts, practices, concert dates etc on my past calendars takes me back in time and helps me evoke those same feelings and memories. I will now consider keeping a few words in journal form. "Us" moms don't have time for much more!!

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  12. Wow! You are really leaving a legacy. I love this idea.

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  13. What a fantastic idea! Love it!

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  14. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I really like this idea!

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.